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September 10, 2019
Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists joins Joe Cirincione to discuss Chinese and Russian nuclear modernization plans, and the state of nuclear arsenals around the world. Leon Ratz joins Early Warning to discuss Iran's latest announcement about its nuclear program, Russia's plans to produce new weapons, and Congress's return to Washington. Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover answer a question from Gerrard on how citizens can influence their leaders to support nuclear weapons prohibition.
September 3, 2019
Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, joins Joe Cirincione to discuss increasing tensions in the Middle East and the effects of Trump administration's 'maximum pressure' campaign toward Iran. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Joe Cirincione and Tom Collina on the anniversary of the USSR's first nuclear test. Michelle Dover and Joe Cirincione answer a question from Patrick about who in the US government is taking current nuclear weapons risks seriously.
August 27, 2019
Lynn Rusten of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the history of arms control between the United States and Russia, and how the Trump administration's actions have put the New START treaty in danger. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Roger L. Hale Fellow Catherine Killough and Matt Korda, Research Associate at the Federation of American Scientists. Also, Michelle Dover and Joe Cirincione answer a question from Henry about US-North Korea relations.
August 20, 2019
William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the corporate connection to US arms sales abroad, and whether or not companies manufacturing weapons of war should bear responsibility for the casualties incurred as a result of their use. Joe Cirincione hosts Early Warning with Ploughshares Fund Deputy Director of Policy Mary Kaszynski and Jessica Lee, Senior Director at Council of Korean Americans.
August 13, 2019
Robert Malley sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the current situation in Iran, which he sees as a 21st century 'Guns of August.' Robert served in the Obama administration as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Adviser to the President for the Counter-ISIL Campaign, and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Mary Kaszynski and Jessica Sleight. Email your nuclear questions at pressthebutton@ploughshares.org
August 6, 2019
74 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a special episode of Press the Button analyzes the events and rationale that led to the only instances of nuclear weapons being used in combat. Joe Cirincione takes a deeper look at the bombings, and what they mean in the context of modern-day calls to implement a ‘No First Use’ policy that would make it the official policy of the United States to never start a nuclear war. Also, Early Warning offers the latest nuclear news analysis.
July 30, 2019
Award-winning director and artist Smriti Keshari discusses "the bomb," a critically-acclaimed multimedia experience she directed and produced with Eric Schlosser. In The Silo explores Bombshelltoe, an interactive collection of images and narratives curated by Lovely Umayam. Early Warning nuclear news analysis with Mary Kaszynski and Daniel Wertz. Visit Smriti Keshari's website at http://www.smritikeshari.com/ Visit Bombshelltoe at http://bombshelltoe.com/
July 23, 2019
Alex Wellerstein is a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the creator of NUKEMAP. He joins Joe Cirincione for a special interview on the history of nuclear weapons, deterrence theory, and why we never really left the 'first' nuclear age. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Tom Collina and special guest Caroline Dorminey. Have a question about nuclear issues? Email us at pressthebutton@ploughshares.org NUKEMAP: https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
July 16, 2019
Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss her view of the slow-building crisis in Iran, what Republicans and Democrats get wrong about North Korea, and her reasons for joining the Quincy Institute. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Abigail Stowe-Thurston and Tom Collina. Have a question about nuclear issues? Email us at pressthebutton@ploughshares.org. Learn about the Quincy Institute: https://quincyinst.org/
July 9, 2019
US Representative Anthony G. Brown sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss his experiences in the US military, congressional efforts to prevent new wars, and what inspires him as an elected official. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Mary Kaszynski and Catherine Killough. They discuss Iran’s recent breach of the Iran deal, the Department of Energy’s order to start making 50 plutonium pits per year at the Savannah River Site, and Russia’s official withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
July 2, 2019
Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and former special assistant to President Obama, joins Joe Cirincione for a special in-depth interview. Jon discusses his experiences working on US nuclear policy as Senior Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the National Security Council, and what lessons the next president should learn. Also: Early Warning nuclear news analysis with Ploughshares Fund Deputy Director of Policy Mary Kaszynski and Roger L. Hale Fellow Catherine Killough.
June 25, 2019
Daniel Ellsberg, author, anti-war activist, and former US military analyst famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, joins Joe Cirincione for a rare in-depth interview. Daniel discusses what he learned about US nuclear strategy during his time working at the RAND Corporation and the Pentagon, the use of deterrence theory to justify current nuclear arsenals, and the morality of threatening nuclear war. Also: Early Warning nuclear news analysis with Mary Kaszynski and Catherine Killough.
June 18, 2019
Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama and current co-host of Pod Save The World, joins Joe Cirincione for a rare in-depth interview. Ben reflects on successes and setbacks of the Obama Administration’s nuclear policy and how these lessons learned can help guide the next administration to develop and implement a new, saner nuclear policy. Also: Early Warning nuclear news analysis hosted by Michelle Dover with guest analysts Erica Fein and Mary Kaszynski.
June 11, 2019
Donté Stallworth, a retired NFL wide receiver who now dedicates his livelihood to exploring issues of national security joins Joe Cirincione for an in-depth conversation. They discuss US-Iran tensions, the Trump administration’s online attacks on private citizens, and ideas for saner nuclear policy. Also: Early Warning nuclear news analysis with Ploughshares Fund Deputy Director of Policy Mary Kaszynski and Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker.
June 3, 2019
Eric Schlosser – an investigative journalist, author and filmmaker – examines strategies for saner nuclear policy, the fallibility of our nuclear command and control system and how deterrence works… until it doesn’t. Schlosser will be a guest speaker at "Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment," the Ploughshares Fund June 10 gala in San Francisco. Also: Early Warning weekly nuclear news analysis with Michelle Dover and Mary Kaszynski. ploughshares.org/chainreaction2019
May 27, 2019
Beatrice Fihn of Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in discussion with Joe Cirincione. They explore the humanitarian narrative around nuclear weapons and the basic belief of why it shouldn’t be legal to wipe out an entire city. Fihn will be keynote speaker at Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment, our June 10 gala in San Francisco. Also: Early Warning with Michelle Dover, John Carl Baker and Catherine Killough. http://ploughshares.org/chainreaction2019
May 20, 2019
Senator Chris Van Hollen sits down with Joe Cirincione to share his insights on the current crisis in Iran, the future of arms control and the dangerous fiction of winning "small nuclear wars." Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with guest analysis from Erica Fein and Mary Kaszynski. They discuss escalating tensions in Iran, the mounting cleanup cost of Manhattan Project-era sites – and just saying no to "gateway nukes." Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment: http://ploughshares.org/chainreaction2019
May 13, 2019
This episode is dedicated to the fast-developing twin crises in Iran and North Korea. Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman shares her thoughts on John Bolton's campaign to provoke Iran. Kelsey Davenport, of the Arms Control Association, joins Early Warning as a guest analyst. She is a leading expert on nuclear and missile programs in Iran. Catherine Killough discusses North Korea's most recent missile tests. Chain Reaction 2019: A New Moment: http://ploughshares.org/chainreaction2019
May 6, 2019
Maggie Feldman-Piltch of #NatSecGirlSquad on why diversity and inclusion are key elements of the national security discussion. Elizabeth Warner takes us behind the scenes for our #NukesOfHollywood panel with actor Michael Douglas, Ben Rhodes, Congressman Ted Lieu and others. Nuclear news with Michelle Dover, Mary Kaszynski. Article by Joe Cirincione and Mary Kaszynski: https://lobelog.com/the-path-to-war-with-iran-is-paved-with-sanctions/
April 29, 2019
Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019, discusses her journey from congressional staffer to community organizer. Greenberg talks about how the idea for a 2016 handbook ignited a progressive movement of civic engagement for everyday people. Michelle Dover reflects on the legacy of Indiana Senator Richard Lugar. John Carl Baker takes a closer look at the motives and intentions of Trump’s offer for arms control talks with Russia and China.
April 22, 2019
Ned Price, former spokesperson for President Obama’s National Security Council and current Director of Communications and Policy with National Security Action is our special guest. Price sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the importance of re-entering the Iran Deal, why 2020 presidential candidates should share their visions on national security, and a look at President Trump’s missed opportunity at the US-North Korea Hanoi summit. Also: nuclear news analysis with Mary Kaszynski & John Carl Baker.
April 16, 2019
Joe Cirincione speaks with Dr. Carol Cohn, founding director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights. Dr. Cohn explores the distinction between gendered ideas and gendered people – and how vulnerability is an inevitable part of the human condition. In The Silo takes you behind the scenes of the Doomsday Clock and shows how Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists brief leading members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Early Warning – nuclear news analysis from Michelle Dover and Catherine Killough
April 11, 2019
This trailer offers a sneak peek into Ploughshares Fund’s new podcast. Press the Button will offer the latest news, insider interviews and in-depth perspectives on issues related to nuclear policy and national security. Hosted by defense expert Joe Cirincione, president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund.
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